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While We Were Yet Sinners

September 23, 2017

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While We Were Yet Sinners

The Greeks had some very picturesque words  to show  what they were trying to say.     One such word  was the Greek word  for “sin“.     We know  what sin is  in English.     The Greek meant exactly  what the English means  and also puts it  in a picturesque way  by saying sin  is “to miss the mark”.

What’s so bad  about missing the mark?     Does that mean sin is  not all that bad?     Not at all.     Sin is extremely bad.

If one is a soldier  in battle,  always missing the mark,  he will surely lose  the battle  —  and maybe end up dead.     While driving down a highway,  our aim is  to stay  in the right hand lane.     If we miss the mark  and wander  into the left lane,  we could end up dead.

If we are aiming  to get into heaven,  but try to get there  by hook  or by crook  —  instead of through the blood  of Jesus Christ  —  we have missed the mark  and will end up  in eternal hell.

So,  it is mighty important  that we not miss our mark  —  that we not err  or be mistaken  about the right path  to heaven  —  that we not wander  from the law  of God  or violate God’s law.      We don’t want  to be wrong  in our estimation  of how we can get  to heaven.

Paul has good news  for us  in Romans 5:8.

But God demonstrates  His own love  toward us,  in that while  we were yet sinners,  Christ died  for us.

It was while we were stubbornly devoted  to sinning our way  —  while we were constantly  missing our mark  —  while we were chained  to our sinful ways  —  while we were especially wicked  —  that God showed us  how much He loves us.     God loves us  so much  that He had the perfect,  sinless Christ die  on the cross  to pay the penalty  we owe.

When God’s love  has been so openly demonstrated  and proven  to us  in Christ’s death  and resurrection,  it would be wise  to accept His invitation  to aim  towards putting our faith  in Jesus Christ.

We will never miss our mark  for getting to heaven,  if we keep our eyes  on Jesus.     As Hebrews 12:1-2  says,

Therefore,  since we have  so great a cloud  of witnesses  surrounding us,  let us also lay aside  every encumbrance,  and the sin  which so easily entangles us,  and let us run  with endurance  the race  that is set before us,  fixing our eyes  on Jesus,  the author  and perfecter  of faith,  who for the joy set before Him  endured the cross,  despising the shame,  and has sat down  at the right hand  of the throne  of God.

Jesus is the mark  we are  to fix our eyes on.     He is the one  we don’t want  to miss  by remaining  in our sinful ways.     Our aim is faith  in the love  of God  through Jesus Christ.     As Jesus says  in John 14:6,

I am the way,  and the truth,  and the life;  no one comes  to the Father,  but through Me.

As we constantly  keep our eyes  on Jesus  and His sacrificial love  for us,  we will be able  to say,  “Hallelujah!     My Savior’s love  gives me eternal victory.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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